“Shifting to Great Power Competition: Emerging and Continuing Threats with China”

March 22, 2021

Georgetown Law symposium to explore emerging and continuing threats with China facing the Biden Administration, Tues.- Weds., March 23-24

WASHINGTON – The Journal of National Security Law & Policy (JNSLP) will host its annual symposium via Zoom on March 23-24, 2021. “Shifting to Great Power Competition: Emerging and Continuing Threats with China” is co-hosted by two Georgetown Law centers: the Center for National Security and the Law and the Center for Asian Law.


The shift to great power competition with China has been identified as the most important national security challenge facing the United States. At the JNSLP annual symposium leading thinkers will discuss key issues facing the Biden administration, including disputes tied to technology, the South China Sea, and human rights. The keynote speaker is former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg.


Tuesday & Wednesday, March 23-24, 2021


Tuesday, March 23, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT

Panel 1: “U.S. and China Technology Disputes: ZTE, TikTok, and Security Implications

  • Bobby Chesney, Professor in Law, University of Texas School of Law
  • Anna Puglisi, Senior Fellow, Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET)
  • Yangyang Cheng, Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale Law School Paul Tsai China Center
  • Marc Rotenberg, Founder and Director of Center for AI and Digital Policy at the Michael Dukakis Institute

Tuesday, March 23, 2:00 – 4:00 pm EDT

Panel 2: “Competition in the South China Sea

  • Jay Batongbacal, Full Professor, University of the Philippines College of Law
  • Nong Hong, Executive Director & Senior Fellow, Institute for China-American Studies
  • Captain RaulPetePedrozo, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Professor of Law, U.S. Naval War College
  • Susan McGarvey, Senior Counsel, Defense Intelligence Agency

Wednesday, March 24, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT

Panel 3: “Chinese Human Rights Challenges for the Biden Administration: The Uyghur people, Hong Kong, and Developing Trends

  • Jeffrey Ngo, Advisory Board Member, Hong Kong Democracy Council; Ph.D. candidate, Georgetown University
  • Nury Turkel, Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Diane Desierto, Professor of Law and Global Affairs, the Keough School of Global Affairs and the Notre Dame Law School
  • Elisa Massimino, Robert F. Drinan. S.J., Chair in Human Rights, Georgetown University Law Center

Wednesday, March 24, 2:00 pm – 4:00 EDT


  • Jim Steinberg, Former United States Deputy Secretary of State and Professor of Social Science, International Affairs and Law, Syracuse University
  • Interviewed by James Feinerman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center


Please register here to receive the Zoom link. The link will be the same throughout the event.


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